Stephen Cooper named CEO of Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group has promoted Edgar Bronfman from CEO to  the position of Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Stephen F. Cooper, who had been serving as Chairman, has been elected to serve as WMG’s Chief Executive Officer.

WMG said Bronfman will focus on the company’s strategy and growth opportunities while Cooper will be responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations.  Cooper will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO, Recorded Music and Cameron Strang, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, will remain in their positions, reporting directly to Cooper.

Thomas H. Lee, the Chairman and CEO of Thomas H. Lee Capital, LLC, who served as a member of WMG’s Board from March 2004 through July 2011, has been elected as a new Director of WMG.  With the appointment of Lee, the size of WMG’s Board has increased from nine to 10 members.

Bronfman said, “With the Access Industries transaction closed and WMG well-positioned for its next exciting chapter, it was clear that in order to best seize the strategic opportunities before us, we needed to deploy our team in the most effective and imaginative manner possible.

“Given my desire to focus on growth opportunities and Steve’s extensive background in management across a wide array of companies and industries, I am grateful that Steve accepted the offer to change roles and to serve as our CEO.  I look forward to continuing our successful partnership.”

Bronfman added, “I’m pleased to welcome Tom Lee to our Board.  Tom and I previously served together on WMG’s Board, and his contributions were invaluable.  We’re fortunate that going forward we’ll be able to benefit from his insight and his history with the company.”

In addition to his role with WMG, Cooper is a member of the Supervisory Board for LyondellBasell Industries N.V., one of the world’s largest olefins, polyolefins, chemicals and refining companies.

Cooper is an advisor at Zolfo Cooper, a leading financial advisory and interim management firm, of which he was a co-founder and former Chairman.

Cooper is also Managing Partner of Cooper Investment Partners, a private equity firm.  He has more than 30 years of experience as a financial advisor, and has served as chairman or chief executive officer of various businesses, including Vice Chairman and member of the office of Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom.

Pictured: Edgar Bronfman Jr. (left) and Stephen Cooper (right)Music Business Worldwide

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